MetroFocus: Full Episode November 8

MetroFocus continues its coverage of Hurricane Sandy’s aftermath in New York City, Long Island, and New Jersey, focusing on how the region is coping with the worst storm in its history and moving forward with recovery efforts.  Featured interviews include Sheena Wright, CEO and president of the United Way of New York City; and William Solecki, director, CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities.

Host Rafael Pi Roman goes to the devastated Rockaways to report on how residents, severely impacted by the storm, are dealing with the prolonged power outage, the loss or major damage to their homes, as well as transportation, schooling and their businesses. See how New York City public housing residents are surviving the storm, many still without heat or light. Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism students Jon Gerberg and Kristen Reed take us inside Smith Houses on the Lower East Side days after Sandy knocked out power, in partnership with their website,

Jim Paymar, host of Long Island Business Report, focuses on Long Beach and how the Long Island community is trying to overcome its own set of challenges more than a week after Sandy. NJToday managing editor Mike Schneider interviews NJTransit spokesman John Durso on rebuilding the region’s transportation system. NJToday Correspondent Lauren Wanko takes a look at what towns like Belmar and Neptune in  New Jersey are doing to help their residents recover from storm damage after Sandy and the northeaster.




MetroFocus is made possible by James and Merryl Tisch, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, the Sylvia A. and Simon B. Poyta Programming Endowment to Fight Anti-Semitism, Bernard and Irene Schwartz, Rosalind P. Walter, Barbara Hope Zuckerberg, Jody and John Arnhold, the Cheryl and Philip Milstein Family, Janet Prindle Seidler, Judy and Josh Weston and the Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation.


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